Media and Communication

Seeing into the mind in the twinkle of a smile

- Analyzing expression/perception of interlocutors' empathy -

Abstract

Although conversation is vital in our social life, it is not easy for people to fully understand what others are feeling. As an initial step towards solving this problem, we proposed the world’s first computational model for estimating observers’ perceptions of empathy/antipathy between a pair of interlocutors based on the interlocutors’ behavior; while most previous studies targeted only a single person. We further proposed inferring how differently a crowd of observers perceive interlocutors’ emotions. This makes it possible to handle emotions, which are basically ambiguous, objectively and quantitatively. Our aim is to clarify the process by which emotions are expressed and perceived by others. This would be helpful for the development of remote communication systems, and for elucidating communication disorders.

Poster


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Reference

  1. S. Kumano, K. Otsuka, M. Matsuda, J. Yamato, "Analyzing perceived empathy/antipathy based on reaction time in behavioral coordination,” in Proc. International Workshop on Emotion Representation, Analysis and Synthesis in Continuous Time and Space (EmoSPACE), 2013.
  2. S. Kumano, K. Otsuka, M. Matsuda, J. Yamato, ”Understanding Empathy/Antipathy Perceived by External Observers based on Behavioral Coordination and Response Time,” in Proc. IEICE HCG Symposium, pp. 330-337, 2012. [Excellent Presentation Awards]

Presentor

Shiro Kumano
Shiro Kumano
Media Information Laboratory
Kazuhiro Otsuka 
Kazuhiro Otsuka 
Media Information Laboratory
Masafumi Matsuda
Masafumi Matsuda
Media Information Laboratory
Ryou Ishii
Ryou Ishii
Media Information Laboratory
Junji Yamato
Junji Yamato
Media Information Laboratory